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Each year the ICE awards the John Mitchell medal for significant contributions in the world of geotechnical engineering.
2017’s is going to Dr Andrew Ridley, who will showcase his award-winning work at a free lecture on Wednesday January 11, to be followed by a free drinks reception sponsored by Geotechnical Observations Ltd.
The changing condition of materials used to construct railway and canal embankments has a critical effect on their long term serviceability and stability, Dr Ridley’s work addresses this, focussing on Monitoring the performance of clay slopes.
It explores finite element analyses showing the influence of gradual and slow swelling on long term stability, and strains from fluctuating pore water pressures caused by seasonal stress. It is essential such analyses are fed with good data obtained from reliable field and laboratory measurements.
This lecture will present measurements gathered during the last 20 years and describe how they were made. Comparisons will be drawn with the predicted behaviours of clay slopes.
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